Offering rapid access to world-class comprehensive cancer treatment at Cabrini Malvern
Friday, 09 June 2017
- Cabrini and GenesisCare have announced a partnership to deliver a new, state-of-art radiotherapy service to offer both in-patients and out-patients comprehensive cancer care in the one location
- In-patients will no longer need to travel off-site to receive daily radiotherapy treatment
- The service will provide the local community with greater access to cutting edge clinical trials
Oncology patients will soon have access to fully integrated, comprehensive cancer care at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, with the addition of radiotherapy to the hospital’s existing suite of diagnostic, surgical and medical cancer care. The new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy service will deliver world-class treatment to both in-patients and out-patients when it opens in September.
Providing radiotherapy on site at the Malvern campus will mean that in-patients will no longer need to travel by medical transport or ambulance to receive daily treatments. The service will be linked across Cabrini’s Malvern, Brighton and Prahran campuses, improving access to radiotherapy services for all patients within the region.
Radiotherapy is a highly effective weapon in the fight against cancer, delivering more than 40 per cent of all cures. Using a highly sophisticated machine called a linear accelerator, GenesisCare will be providing non-invasive radiotherapy that precisely delivers radiation beams to eradicate cancer cells.
In an Australian-first, the innovative $7 million facility – being developed and operated by Australia’s largest radiotherapy service provider, GenesisCare – will use unique prefabricated building blocks to develop the contemporary radiotherapy bunker. The build will take less than four months.
GenesisCare Managing Director, Dan Collins, said the organisation was committed to innovating healthcare to make it easier for patients with cancer to access quality care.
“We’re incredibly pleased to be partnering alongside Cabrini to enable rapid access for cancer patients to state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments and technologies. For patients in the community undergoing cancer treatment, our new on site services will make it simpler and easier to access the best care at the right time,” he said.
Highly experienced Radiation Oncologists, Dr Karen Taylor, Dr Ian Porter, Dr David Blakey and Dr Mario Guerrieri will be bringing their expertise to the campus to deliver patient-centred care.
“Cabrini is delighted with the Radiation Oncology medical team GenesisCare has assembled. They are all clinicians with strong, established clinical reputations, who will bring a diverse and comprehensive range of expertise to provide care to our cancer patients,” said Dr Simon Woods,
Executive Director, Cabrini Malvern.
The new service will create approximately 15 new jobs for specialist clinical and support staff, and it is anticipated that more than 7000 treatments will be provided at the facility during its first year of operation.